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​Forum to highlight Solomon Islands opportunities

News 16 Jun 2017

Tourism, the economy, law and justice post-RAMSI, investment, agriculture, business, infrastructure, governance and resources are some of the areas which will be focused on at the upcoming 9th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum.

The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) are hosting the event in Honiara, Solomon Islands from July 24-26.

Solomon Islands offers solid opportunities for business in areas such as infrastructure (a new hydroelectricity project is in prospect), services, tourism development, sustainable forestry, agri-industry and fisheries.

It is also a good time for mining services companies to be positioning themselves for possible growth in the mining sector in gold, nickel and bauxite.

The economy has grown consistently in recent years, except for a contraction in 2014 caused by devastating floods and the closure of Gold Ridge mine.

It grew by 2.9% in 2015 and even further by 3.2% in 2016, with forecasting showing expected growth in 2017 of 3.0%.

Organisers of the forum say now is the time to invest in Solomon Islands and this year they are bringing you a packed programme over two days at Honiara’s Heritage Park Hotel.

This event brings together senior corporate and government decision makers from both Australia and Solomon Islands, and invited guest speakers include Hon Manessah Sogavare MP, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and Hon Keith Pitt MP, Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

President of the APIBC and Managing Director of Pacific Air Express Gary Clifford says the Solomon Islands has enjoyed a steadily growing economy over the last few years and the region offers solid opportunities for business in areas such as infrastructure (a new hydroelectricity project is in prospect) services, tourism development, sustainable forestry, agri-industry and fisheries.

Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dennis Meone adds there has never been a better time to explore opportunities in the Solomon Islands with agribusiness, tourism and mining three sectors with great potential.

Registrations are now open with an early bird rate available until June 25.

Click HERE to register.